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Munster’s Maroons complete series win

first_imgPlayed in front of a ground record of 52,540 predominantly Queensland fans Munster was involved heavily from the outset, Storm teammates Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk showing great faith to bring their new five-eighth into the play at every opportunity.Queensland had never handed a half an Origin debut in a Game Three decider in 35 years of three-match series but any concerns the Rockhampton product would shy away from the occasion were almost immediately dispelled.It was Munster’s pass that created the space for Michael Morgan to put Valentine Holmes across for the first of his three tries in the 15th minute but it was midway through the second half that the 22-year-old endeared himself to an entire state.With the match hanging in the balance and the Blues finally building into the contest after trailing 12-0 at half-time it was Munster who broke the game apart in the 60th minute with a brilliant piece of play to set up Holmes for his third try of the night.Spotting Blues half Mitchell Pearce shooting out of the line, Munster stepped hard off his left to slice between Pearce and Boyd Cordner, evaded the clutches of Josh Dugan and sent the pass wide to Holmes who miraculously reeled in one-handed a pass that was high and behind him, bouncing out of two tackles to score in the corner and a 16-6 lead.Some wonderful interplay between Cronk and Slater put the Maroons on the attack again shortly thereafter and it was Munster who dropped the ball onto his left foot and earned his side an invaluable repeat set. From the ensuing set he sent prop Jarrod Wallace over for the first try of his Origin career with a desperate offload on the last tackle that only goes to hand when the game is running all your way.Playing with the exuberance and energy you would expect of a game of such magnitude the two teams traded errors and penalties in the opening 12 minutes but the Blues were unable to convert a possession rate nearing 60 per cent into points.Queensland showed their intent early with expansive shifts to both sides of the field and their clinical execution yielded results in the 15th minute when Billy Slater cut back and sparked a left-edge raid that finished with Morgan delivering another pass in a big moment for Holmes to score the first of his two first-half tries in the corner.The old firm of Smith, Slater and Cronk looked to have doubled their advantage from the next set of six only for a desperate lunge by Brett Morris to jolt the ball free of Cronk’s grasp as he dived over the try-line to the right of the posts but there was more brilliance to come.Making a mockery of the suggestion his ineffectiveness is dulling with age Smith sliced through some awful Blues defence in the 25th minute to put Josh Papalii on a charge toward the line but it was Cronk’s tracer-like inside-out banana kick to the corner that hit Holmes square on the chest from the next play that brought the sold-out crowd to its feet in rapturous admiration.As the Blues tried to bash their way through the middle the Maroons continued to attack at every opportunity, Smith and Cronk providing the steady hand to a bunch of youngsters eager to show off on the game’s greatest stage.The 12-point lead they took into half-time could have been far greater such was their dominance and should have been after Smith chanced his hand by going himself after Tim Glasby had collected a ball that bounced off Matt Gillett’s head only to be brought down 10 metres short.An error from Cordner two minutes in on halfway gave Queensland an early shot in the second half and if Slater’s one-handed offload to Will Chambers was even slightly softer they most likely would have had their third.As many were waiting for Queensland to put the Blues out of the misery James Maloney threw up a Hail Mary to the corner and Josh Dugan somehow plucked it from the grasp of Holmes before running around to bridge the gap to just six points with 30 minutes left to play.Some swarming Blues defence at the end of the next set pressured Queensland on their line for the first time in the game and a Will Chambers error and subsequent penalty had the Maroons under the pump but any resistance would be short-lived.Munster, Holmes, Napa and Wallace showed that Queensland’s dominance of the past 12 years could continue on for another decade but there were few better on the field than Man of the Match Smith and Slater, who brought the skill and the speed to worry the Blues at almost every turn.The Blues forwards – hailed as their trump card all series – barely made a dent all night and are now left to wonder how they can possibly break the stranglehold of a team who came back from a record loss in Game One to win by blooding eight rookies and without some of the greatest players the game has ever seen.Queensland Maroons 22 (Valentine Holmes 3, Jarrod Wallace tries; Cameron Smith 3 goals) def. New South Wales Blues 6 (Josh Dugan try; James Maloney goal) at Suncorp Stadium. Crowd: 52,540 (ground record). Half-time: Queensland 12-0. Man of the Match: Cameron Smith (Queensland). Wally Lewis Medal winner: Dane Gagai (Maroons).last_img read more

May 26, 2020 0

Exclusive – Hughton itching to make managerial return amid Fulham links

first_imgChris Hughton has told talkSPORT he is itching to get back into management amid reports linking him with the Fulham job.The Championship club are on the lookout for a new boss following the departure of Felix Magath.Hughton is the current favourite with bookmakers to succeed the German and the former Norwich and Birmingham manager would welcome the opportunity to return to the dugout.“I am keen to get back in as quick as possible and I have been for a while now,” said the 55-year-old, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It is an unfortunate part of the game that you are, in effect, waiting for somebody to lose their job before you have the opportunity to get back in. But am I very keen to get back in as soon as possible.”last_img read more

January 6, 2020 0

DNA data fuel new racism fears

first_imgThough few of the bits of human genetic code that vary between individuals have yet to be tied to physical or behavioral traits, scientists have found that roughly 10 percent of them are more common in certain continental groups, and can be used to distinguish people of different races. They say that studying the differences, which arose during the tens of thousands of years that human populations evolved on separate continents after their ancestors dispersed from humanity’s birthplace in East Africa, is crucial to mapping the genetic basis for disease. But many geneticists, wary of fueling discrimination and worried that speaking openly about race could endanger support for their research, are loath to discuss the social implications of their findings. Still, some acknowledge that as their data and methods are extended to nonmedical traits, the field has reached what one leading researcher recently called “a very delicate time and a dangerous time.” “There are clear differences between people of different continental ancestries,” said Marcus W. Feldman, a professor of biological sciences at Stanford University. “It’s not there yet for things like IQ, but I can see it coming. And it has the potential to spark a new era of racism if we do not start explaining it better.” Feldman said any finding on intelligence was likely to be exceedingly hard to pin down. But given that some may emerge, he said he wanted to create “ready response teams” of geneticists to put such socially fraught discoveries in perspective. The authority that DNA has earned through its use in freeing falsely convicted inmates, preventing disease and tracing family ties leads people to wrongly elevate genetics over other explanations for differences between groups. “I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life researching how much genetic variability there is between populations,” said Dr. David Altshuler, director of the Program in Medical and Population Genetics at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. “But living in America, it is so clear that the economic and social and educational differences have so much more influence than genes. People just somehow fixate on genetics, even if the influence is very small.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – When scientists first decoded the human genome in 2000, they were quick to portray it as proof of humankind’s remarkable similarity. The DNA of any two people, they emphasized, is at least 99 percent identical. But new research is exploring the remaining fraction to explain differences between people of different continental origins. Scientists, for instance, have recently identified small changes in DNA that account for the pale skin of Europeans, the tendency of Asians to sweat less and West Africans’ resistance to certain diseases. At the same time, genetic information is slipping out of the laboratory and into everyday life, carrying with it the inescapable message that people of different races have different DNA. Ancestry tests tell customers what percentage of their genes is from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. The heart-disease drug BiDil is marketed exclusively to black people, who seem genetically predisposed to respond to it. Jews are offered prenatal tests for genetic disorders rarely found in other ethnic groups. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Such developments are providing some of the first tangible benefits of the genetic revolution. Yet some social critics fear they may also be giving long-discredited racial prejudices a new potency. The notion that race is more than skin-deep, they fear, could undermine principles of equal treatment and opportunity that rely on the presumption that we are all fundamentally equal. “We are living through an era of the ascendance of biology, and we have to be very careful,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. “We will all be walking a fine line between using biology and allowing it to be abused.” Certain superficial traits like skin pigmentation or disease predispositions have long been presumed to be genetic. Now, the ability to pinpoint their source in DNA is prompting the question on mainstream Internet discussion sites, in college classrooms and among the growing community of ancestry test-takers, of whether more profound differences may also be attributed to genetics. Nonscientists are already beginning to stitch together highly speculative conclusions about the historically charged subject of race and intelligence from the new biological data. Last month, a blogger in Manhattan described a recently published study that linked several snippets of DNA to high IQ. An online genetic database used by medical researchers, he told readers, showed that two of the snippets were found more often in Europeans and Asians than in Africans. No matter that the link between IQ and those particular bits of DNA was unconfirmed, or that other high-IQ snippets are more common in Africans, or that hundreds or thousands of others may also affect intelligence, or that their combined influence might be dwarfed by environmental factors. Just the existence of such genetic differences between races, proclaimed the author of the Half Sigma blog, a 40-year-old software developer, means “the egalitarian theory” that all races are equal “is proven false.” last_img read more

December 30, 2019 0

Immigrant seeks office in homeland

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card And from the tenements of Pico Union to the cul-du-sacs of Santa Clarita, they have become increasingly influential in their homeland. At least five U.S. residents – from Maryland to Los Angeles_ learned Friday that they had been certified for the March ballot. “Immigration has changed the face of business and the political relationships in Latin America,” said Hugo Herrera, consul general of El Salvador in Los Angeles. “In the next 10 years, (immigrants) are going to have a bigger influence in what happens in El Salvador, not only in remittances but also in social and business investments.” Matute arrived penniless on the doorstep of a friend of his mother. She welcomed him to her one-bedroom Sunland apartment, where she lived with her teenage son, and told him it was the beginning of a new life. “She told me, ‘You have to do whatever it takes to survive,”‘ he recalled. Matute slept on a couch he shared with her son. A few days later, he got a construction job, earning $20 for nine hours of work. PACOIMA – Twenty years after coming to the U.S. with only the clothes on his back, Salvadoran immigrant Mario Matute will return this spring to his war-torn country as a candidate for political office. Like tens of thousands of Salvadorans with a foothold in the United States, the 45-year-old political novice wants his voice to be heard in his native land. At the top of Matute’s priority list is giving nationals a voice, stemming the tide of international gang links and pushing for the right to vote abroad. “We want to be able to be a part of the destiny of our nation,” said Matute, who runs a social services agency in Pacoima. “Distance of geography doesn’t matter any longer … What happens to people in El Salvador happens to people in the United States.” An estimated 1 million Salvadorans live in Los Angeles, more than any other place outside the country’s capital. In 2004, they sent $2.5 billion back to their families in El Salvador. Then 25, Matute spent months walking around the sprawling San Fernando Valley in bewilderment. His English was poor; he could barely ask about buying food. “Ahm-bu-gah” was the only thing he knew how to order at the Jack-In-the-Box across the street from the apartment. He filled his pockets with $10 bills, hoping the cashier would not ask him for change – or anything else – in English. “It took a few months to realize how difficult it is to really make it here, one (reason) is because of the language. But two, people here work endless hours to be able to make it,” he said. Despite the hardships, Matute just kept plugging away. He got a job as a dishwasher, eventually moving up to busboy. He enrolled in an English-language class, then at Glendale Community College. He transferred to California State University, Los Angeles, and took a job in a mental health facility in Echo Park. He worked there through graduation, eventually applying for citizenship. By the time he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, seeking a master’s degree in psychology, he was a working as a counselor at a clinic, where he met his future wife, Stayce Carr. They now have two children, Aaron, 13, and Jenny, 9, and live in a three-bedroom house in Santa Clarita. And though he could have opened his own clinic after graduation, he took a job in the San Fernando Gardens community center, helping gang members and their families find jobs. Today, Matute runs the Youth Policy Institute, a $13 million educational and technology program in Pacoima. It includes a charter school, provides job training, helps with after-school programs and provides educational and technological training to poor families. “He has quite a leadership ability. He doesn’t push himself on you but he leads by example,” said Dixon Slingerland, executive director of the Youth Policy Institute. “People respect him for that.” Last year, he signed up for the El Salvador Chamber of Commerce in the United States, looking to help create jobs in his homeland. He began lobbying local congressman and legislatures for the Central American Free Trade Agreement. The connections impressed leaders of the Partido Democrata Cristiano, a small center-right party with little influence in Salvador’s 84-member congress – La Asamblea Legislativa. In December, Matute got an e-mail from a representative from the party, thanking him for his charitable work with the Rotary Club. The call eventually led to a dinner with representatives, who asked him to run in the March election under the party’s banner. “I was surprised because I didn’t think people would look at me. I said, ‘Why me?’ The answer was, ‘Because you have resources here; you know people in government,”‘ he said. Using a loophole in the rules that prevent nonresidents from being a congressman – or diputado – Matute will run as an alternate, a post that will allow him to introduce legislation in the Asamblea and, if all goes right, become a voice for the millions of Salvadorans that call the United States and other countries home. The alternates stand in the place of congress members but do not need to run on their own; their campaign is tied to the diputado. Matute will be aligned with Rudolfo Parker, a long-standing and popular member of the partido. Other parties, such as the left-leaning Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional, are planning on running candidates under the same rule. “Parties that want to expand their bases are casting a wider net in the United States,” said Cecilia Menjivar, author of “Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America” and a professor of sociology at Arizona State University. “They are hoping that they will influence families through remittances and in their political life.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 28, 2019 0

JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates Derry gets off to a flying start

first_imgDerry’s newest physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates clinic has got off to a flying start since opening its doors last November. JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates has provided a boost to the local area, creating employment and offering top-class Chartered Physiotherapy services as well as offering a world class running analysis lab, personal training, Reformer Pilates and nutritional services.Situated in the Springtown Business Park, on the Balliniska Road, the Derry clinic is treating customers both north and south of the border. The man behind the new venture is Donegal man, Johnny Loughrey. Johnny already runs a successful clinic in Letterkenny and he’s had a busy few months getting the Derry clinic off the ground: “It’s been an exciting six months for the entire team at JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates and we’re delighted that we got off to a great start. The response from the local community and local businesses has been very positive since we opened last November and we’re looking forward to helping even more people across the northwest achieve their health and fitness goals.”Adding to this, he said: “Our overall aim is to provide top-class services for patients of all levels as well as encouraging people to become healthier and stronger. So far, our Reformer Pilates classes are proving very popular among people aged 25 – 70 as it’s a low impact exercise with great benefits.”JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates StudioJohnny currently works with Athletics Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and the FAI on a contract basis and works with the Donegal GAA Senior Hurling team. He was involved with Team Ireland at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam and the Paralympics Games in Rio. Other members of the JT Physiotherapy team include Cathal Ellis who works with the Donegal GAA Senior Football team and Aiveen Lavery who plays with the Derry City ladies team.For a full list of class schedules or for more information on JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates in Letterkenny or Derry, visit or call 074 91 110 10/ 028 712 69262. For special offers visit the JT Physiotherapy Facebook page. Pictured above are some members of the JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates team (l-r) Johnny Loughrey, Aiveen Lavery, Ruth McCrossan, Liam Leech and Cathal Ellis. JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates opened its second clinic in the Springtown Business Park, Derry in November 2016. The clinic offers Chartered Physiotherapy, running analysis, nutritional services and personal training.JT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilates Derry gets off to a flying start was last modified: February 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DerryexercisefitnessJohnny LoughreyJT Physiotherapy and Reformer Pilateslast_img read more

December 28, 2019 0

Man United tactics confirmed! Fans react to reports of mega money signing

first_img1 On Thursday morning reports from several reputable sources stated that Man United had agreed a £75m deal for Romelu Lukaku.The 24-year-old striker scored 25 Premier League goals for Everton last season and, earlier in the summer, it had looked like the Belgium international was on his way to Chelsea, with all reports suggesting United were chasing Alvaro Morata.Now it seems United have leapt to the front of the queue for Lukaku. But according to talkSPORT’s Jim White, who’s been in contact with a source “at the top of the house” inside Everton Football Club, no deal has yet been agreed.That said, it does seem only a matter of time – and a large amount of money – before Lukaku leaves Goodison.Here are a selection of comments from Man United fans, with a few Chelsea supporters’ thoughts for good measure… Is Romelu Lukaku worth £75m? last_img read more

December 27, 2019 0


first_imgTá an Seanadóir do chuid Sinn Féin Kathryn Reilly, tar éis Vodafone a cháineadh inniu, tar éis dóibh a ghlacadh go poiblí inné go bhfuil sé níos daoire téacs a sheoladh as Gaeilge, ná as Béarla.Ag labhairt sa Seanad inniu le linn Ord an Ghnó, dúirt an Seanadóir ón Chabháin go raibh gá don Rialtas, agus do COMREG, a chinntiú go gcuirfear deireadh leis an éagóir seo.“Dúirt an Taoiseach linn inné go gcuirfear airgead ar fáil chun a chinntiú go mbeidh daoine in ann an Ghaeilge a úsáid le linn uachtaránacht Aontas na hEorpa atá le teacht, agus is maith an rud é sin.” “Ach cloisimid inniu go bhfuil sé trí n-uaire níos daoire do custaiméirí Vodafone téacs a sheoladh trí Ghaeilge má bhaintear úsáid as an síneadh fada, ná as Béarla. Is léir go bhfuil sé sin éagórach ar Gaeilgeoirí. ”“Iarraim ar an Rialtas, agus ar Comreg brú a chur ar Vodafone deireadh a chur leis an costais breise seo, agus cothrom na féinne a thabhairt don Ghaeilge.”   ÉAGÓIR A DHÉANAMH AG VODAFONE AR GHAEILGEOIRÍ – REILLY was last modified: July 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ÉAGÓIR A DHÉANAMH AG VODAFONE AR GHAEILGEOIRÍ – REILLYlast_img read more

December 25, 2019 0


first_imgA bus of 53 people including children affected by diabetes will travel from Donegal to Dublin tomorrow to meet with Health Minister Dr James Reilly to demand better services.Minister James Reilly to meet with the Donegal diabetes group.Parents of children with Type 1 diabetes will present the Minister with a petition of 15,000 names demanding more diabetes nurses at Letterkenny General Hospital.The group will be accompanied by Donegal TD Joe McHugh. It is understood the parents will be allowed time with the Minister to discuss their needs and present their case.Paul Gillespie of the Donegal Diabetes Parents Support Group said the ball is now in the Minister’s court.“We are meeting the Minister, and Bill Maher who is head of the hospital group.He holds the purse-strings. Hopefully this is a good sign; they are taking us seriously. The petition is asking for a diabetes paediatric nurse specialist on the children’s ward in Letterkenny,” he said. There are currently 144 children with type 1 diabetes being treated at Letterkenny General.The condition sees the body stop producing insulin and is unlike the more common type 2 diabetes in that it is not linked to diet. DONEGAL DIABETES SUFFERERS TO BRING THEIR FIGHT TO MINISTER’S DOOR was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:diabetesdonegalDr James Reillydublinlast_img read more

December 24, 2019 0

DeGale to defend title against Farias

first_imgPablo Farias of Argentina has been named as James DeGale’s opponent for his fight at Glow, Bluewater, on Saturday 23 March.DeGale will defend his WBC Silver belt at the Kent venue, where he beat Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi last year.It will be the Harlesden super-middleweight’s first outing since a points victory over rugged Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga in December.DeGale, who recently opted to give up the European title and was previously British champion, is hoping to fight for a world title later this year.Farias, 25, has been beaten only twice in his 26 professional fights.One of those defeats was by disqualification and the came against world champion Arthur Abraham.See also:DeGale opts to give up European titleDeGale set for March title defence’This will be my year’ declares DeGale ahead of Farias 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 21, 2019 0

‘He’s just different than other guys’: No. 1 prospect Jesús Luzardo joins Athletics in Houston

first_imgHOUSTON — At last, Jesús Luzardo is with the Oakland A’s.The No. 1 prospect had a chance to break spring training with the team in March, but a strained shoulder and a lat strain suffered in July kept him outside looking in until now. He joins fellow top prospects A.J. Puk and Sean Murphy along with Seth Brown and Sheldon Neuse to help the big league club chase a postseason run.Manager Bob Melvin said Luzardo’s role with the team for the remainder of this season is unclear, though “it’s …last_img read more

December 20, 2019 0